President Barack Obama elbowed his way into the middle of the Trayvon Martin shooting investigation early on, pointing out how much Martin would look like his son if he’d had one. And the former community organizer’s never been one to let a crisis — or a humiliating defeat — go to waste without at least making sure his profound views are heard by all. So did anyone really expect the Zimmerman acquittal to pass without his weighing in? From nbcnews.com [also posted on Twitter by the White House]: “Obama urged Americans to ask themselves tough questions about the incident and subsequent verdict to pay tribute to the slain teenager. Obama said: ‘And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities . . .
We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.
Only in a progressive fantasy land — or an Aaron Sorkin screenplay — would an incident like the Zimmerman verdict be the spark that opens Americans’ eyes, finally persuading them that the Second Amendment is nothing but a crazy anachronism in the 21st century. Like a buggy whip in a Bugatti Veyron. That “enhanced background checks”, assault weapons bans, national registration and, ultimately, civilian disarmament is the true path to peace, love and happiness across the fruited plain.
Fortunately, we don’t live there. Yet.